Topic:Where are you looking at?
Jesus went to the pool of Bethesda which had five porches .The bible says, ‘In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had’ (verse 3-4).
Jesus must have gone to the pool of Bethesda for a reason. Just like we go to a restaurant to eat, or to a swimming pool to swim, Jesus had gone to the pool of Bethesda because He wanted to cure the sick people who lay there.
It is unfortunate that since they focused and looked into the stirring of water in the pool, they could not look at Jesus and therefore they could not be cured, although Jesus had the power to cure all of them.
Each sick person held to his strong part and believed in themselves to jump in the pool first. Example the blind could not see but he hoped maybe his strong feet would help him jump into the pool first, the lame hoped that his good eyes could allow him to see the stirring of the water first, while the paralyzed hoped that because he could see and he was not lame then he could be the first to jump into the water once it was stirred. With these conditions then Jesus could not heal them.
From that great multitude only one man was healed by Jesus despite the fact that Jesus was enough and He had the heart to cure all of them. This man had an infirmity for thirty eight years. From the answer he gave to Jesus, it is clear that this man had neither hope left in him nor any strong part he depended on to be healed from the stirred water. The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but when I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
This man must have tried to rise up but he could not do it for 38 years. Immediately he met with Jesus, he received the power to rise and he was healed. The bible says, ‘And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath’ (verse 9). That man after he met with Jesus, He ended all the man’s sufferings and that man was able to enjoy true Sabbath in his heart.
Today, Jesus is telling us to rise and not to depend on Bethesda. When we take our eyes from Bethesda we shall meet Jesus and He shall heal us of whatever disease we have. His only condition is, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”